NY stock exchange allows new electronic trading fund for cannabis

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

For the first time ever, an exchange traded fund (ETF) with exposure to the marijuana industry has received approval to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The new ETF will provide investors with a simple way to access a burgeoning cannabis industry that some say is the biggest market opportunity of a generation. NYSE [...]

Confirmed: Colorado is better off after legalising cannabis!

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

While the supporters of Amendment 64 have been celebrating the fifth anniversary of the 2012 vote that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, other groups are continuing to campaign against cannabis, including the Marijuana Accountability Coalition, which paid for an anti-pot billboard downtown this month that asked this question: Are you better off than you were five years ago? Answers Jeremy: [...]

Wyoming looking towards stricter cannabis laws

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A legislative committee has advanced proposals that seek to close loopholes in Wyoming’s marijuana laws. The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance two draft bills to the 2018 budget session relating to the possession of marijuana and other products infused with its intoxicating agent. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that state courts have faced challenges in interpreting [...]

Weeks ahead of recreational sales, California releases it’s cannabis rules

November 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The largest legal marijuana marketplace in the U.S. is taking shape — at least on paper. California regulators released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging cannabis economy, from fields to retail sales. The regulations have been in development for many months and in some cases covered familiar ground: At first, the state [...]

Connecticut debate to include questions on cannabis reform

November 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor’s race. Candidates will be asked to weigh in on questions specific to adult use marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform, hemp production, and the state’s current medical marijuana program, among [...]

NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns calls upon the NBA to lift cannabis ban

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana. In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance that the drug should be removed from the league’s banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change [...]

Racial imbalance with minor cannabis arrests in New York

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. Researchers evaluated marijuana arrest data for Erie County, New York for the years 2012 to 2016. Countywide, blacks comprised 71 percent of all low-level marijuana [...]

Wisconsin democratic candidate Matt Flynn comes out in favour of cannabis

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says if Wisconsin voters want to legalize marijuana, he’s all for it. Flynn on Tuesday called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to put a non-binding referendum on the November 2018 ballot asking if there’s support for the legalization and sale of marijuana. If it would pass, Flynn says as governor [...]

Colorado ski town on course to surpass $10m in cannabis sales this year

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Steamboat Springs marijuana sales are still on track to surpass $10 million this year, but for the first time there have been two consecutive months that have only shown single-digit increases over the previous year. Sales were up 9 percent in August and 5 percent in September over the same months in 2016. Steamboat marijuana [...]

Protect medical cannabis patients from Jeff Sessions!

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) grilled Sessions on a number of his Reefer Madness talking points including his comments stating marijuana consumers [...]

Will Arkansas see a decline in opioid deaths if they implement medical cannabis?

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Will implementation of medical cannabis in Arkansas reduce the use of potentially deadly opioid painkillers? Several medical studies indicate it will, but the conclusion of a recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concludes it will take a one-two punch of medical cannabis and prescription drug monitoring programs to decrease opioid-related mortality. That same [...]

We may not bear the fruits until 2018 but the work towards cannabis tax revenue starts now

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The day after Election Day, Chris Lindley was smiling as he picked up campaign signs. It’ll be his easiest task for the foreseeable future, after helping pass Eagle County’s new marijuana tax. Ballot Measure 1A passed with 8,151 votes, 74 percent of the 11,056 ballots cast in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election. “This is the [...]

Wisconsin may join other states in legalising cannabis

November 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Wisconsin would join a majority of other states in allowing the farming of industrial hemp under a bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It cleared the Senate unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Walker. His spokesman Tom Evenson said Walker would review the bill but did not [...]

The journey to legal cannabis in California

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

I was deep into my second or third joint of the afternoon, lounging on a green leather Moroccan pouf in the shade, when an elegant older blonde in a bright floral dress rushed up to declare that I was urgently needed on stage. It was Susan Soares, the beloved marijuana advocate and ringmaster of the [...]

How Europe contributes to the cannabis industry

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Poland has just legalised medical cannabis. Germany is considering selling it in pharmacies and dispensaries. Several African nations also are mulling it over. Even the United Kingdom seems to be considering the prospect (though the Prime Minister’s government is opposed, so one should not be surprised if it comes to nought). US Market Hits Speed [...]

Florida’s Matt Gaetz says the bad treatment of cannabusiness must end

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In 1981, a Tax Court judge ruled on tax deductions taken by Mr. Jeff Edmonson, a man with a unique business: the large-scale distribution of drugs. For the tax year in question, he had sold over a million tablets of amphetamine, a hundred pounds of marijuana, and nearly a pound of cocaine. Mr. Edmonson was [...]

Longmont, Colorado, votes in favour of cannabis taxation

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A proposal to increase Longmont’s municipal sales tax for public safety spending, as well as a measure that would impose a new sales tax on purchases of marijuana, were on their way toward easy victory Wednesday morning based on unofficial but still partial vote totals. Issue 2I would impose a special 3 percent sales tax [...]

Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s pro-cannabis candidate, claims victory as governor

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After making the legalization of marijuana a core issue in both his primary and general election campaigns, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has claimed victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial election over Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. In fact, in his primary victory speech, Phil Murphy proclaimed his desire to sign a marijuana legalization bill within his [...]

Athens, Ohio removes all penalties for cannabis

November 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent. In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar [...]

The plethora of taxes which will soon hit California’s cannabis market

November 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

California’s legal marijuana marketplace is coming with a kaleidoscope of new taxes and fees that could influence where it’s grown, how pot cookies and other munchies are produced and the price tag on just about everything. Be ready for sticker shock. On a retail level, it costs about $35 to buy a small bag of [...]

Poland green lights medical cannabis

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Polish pharmacists will be allowed to treat people with cannabis after the drug was legalised for medicinal purposes. Under new regulations that came into force on Wednesday cannabis from imported plants can be processed at Polish pharmacies - as long as it has been logged with the country's Office for Registration of Medical Products. Pharmacists are [...]

Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug looking for FDA approval

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A CBD-based pharmaceutical drug in development is one more step closer to potential FDA approval. Earlier this week, London-based GW Pharmaceuticals plc, which operates in the United States as Greenwich Biosciences, wrapped up its New Drug Application for Epidiolex, a formulation of the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of seizures associated with two specific [...]

Paul LePage vetoes Maine’s cannabis bill

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill passed by the Maine legislature 11 days ago to regulate the retail sale of marijuana. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to deal with any vetoes by LePage. The bill that sets rules for sales and taxes on marijuana passed with a two-thirds majority in the [...]

The need for a stable market outweighs merely legalising cannabis, but it’s a start

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers to entry into the industry; ultimately [...]

Over 64% of Americans now in favour of legalised cannabis

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sixty-four percent of US adults, including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, saythat the adult use of marijuana ought to be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by Gallup, which has polled the question since 1969. It is also the first time that a [...]

Both veterans and congress are looking for cannabis reform it would seem

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother of a Marine who died by suicide after struggling with prescribed pharmaceuticals, came together in Washington on Thursday and urged Congress to advance efforts for [...]

California councilman goes on rant against cannabis advocates

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Colfax, California Mayor pro tem Tony Hesch cursed out a resident last week during a City Council meeting for interrupting him during a debate on keeping some marijuana policies under local control in Colfax, California. Hesch referred to pro-marijuana advocates as “people who have wasted our freaking time” over the last three years. He and [...]

California airports introduce first cannabis ads

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A cannabis company has an important announcement for travelers departing one of California’s busiest airports. “Cannabis is legal. Traveling with it is not. Leave it in California,” reads an advertisement placed in the bottom of trays used by travelers to move items through security checkpoints. Denver-based Organa Brands International, which makes vaporizers, edibles and other products, [...]

Cleveland city introduces cannabis zoning

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

City Council voted Monday to approve new zoning requirements that will prevent the sale of medical marijuana in about 95 percent of the city. The legislation, approved 15-1, limits the location of marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, production and refining facilities and research sites. The balancing act council members are trying to perform is to tightly [...]

Lawsuits against Arkansas regulators over cannabis license rejections

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Applicants seeking to open medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas are suing the commission overseeing the proposals. The lawsuits were filed last week and placed under seal in Pulaski County, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. They allege the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission wrongly assessed hundreds of applications last month when it rejected bids for failing to meet [...]

Is California’s medical marijuana legalisation alienating long-term patients?

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Medical cannabis dispensaries have existed within the state of California for a long time now, so much so that the Golden State is actually somewhat famous for them, but that was during the time of decriminalisation. So, this begs the question, how has everything changed in the age of legalisation? With California on the verge [...]

In very 1980s fashion, Sessions claims that drug addiction begins with cannabis

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Speaking at separate events Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump delivered remarks on drug policy that matched messaging straight out of the 1980s. “We’ve got to re-establish first a view that you should say ‘no’ – people should say ‘no’ to drug abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the Heritage Foundation, echoing [...]

Is cannabis legalisation just around the corner? Former Republican Chairman thinks so

October 30th, 2017|CBD, Legalisation|

There’s no better time than the present to discuss marijuana legalization according to Michael Steele, who helped shape national policy during his tenure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele recently told Civilized that America is finally ready to take a critical look at its outdated drug policies. “Broadly speaking, the opportunity’s there now [...]

Top Colorado doc dismisses legalisation fears

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that [...]

Jeff Sessions urges to do his best to enforce the law

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his position against marijuana, his commitment to enforcing its prohibition, and expressed an openness to use RICO suits against businesses that handle the plant. Earlier this year Cully Stimson of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that has a tremendous amount of influence [...]

Colorado debunks claims of cannabis prohibition

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that [...]

The battle for Denver’s 420 Rally is on the horizon

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Colorado cannabis entrepreneur is making a play for control of the Denver 4/20 rally after its controversial aftermath this past April. Pepe Breton, co-founder of dispensary chain Euflora, regrets that his company was a title sponsor of the 2017 rally, he said Wednesday. But Breton isn’t just dropping support for the annual rally at Civic Center Park [...]

2/3 of Americans in favour of cannabis legalisation

October 26th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A record percentage of US adults, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and for the first time ever, Republicans, believe that the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data released today by Gallup. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States” — the highest percentage ever reported [...]

Germany’s cannabis plans – what’s the big idea?

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Germany is proceeding down the path to officially grow its own medical cannabis crops. Medical use became legal this year, along with a federal mandate for cheap access. That means that public health insurance companies, which cover 90% of Germans, are now firmly on the hook if not front line of the cannabis efficacy issue. [...]

Nevada cannabis sales top a whopping $33 million in August alone

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Nevada is the state on everyone's lips at present in the cannabis industry. From it's struggles to it's successes, the state is very much a hot topic at the forefront of the cannabis industry, in part due to the major tourist attraction, the city of Las Vegas, being situated there. Nevada marijuana sales are sizzling. [...]

Cannabis legalisation in the UK would help rid the streets of super-strength skunk

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

You know times are getting weird when The Mirror, or any tabloid for that matter, speaks, somewhat, fondly of the idea of legalising cannabis. No matter where the information comes from, it is true that legalising cannabis would render a large portion of the black-market cannabis trade utterly obsolete. It would rule out much of [...]

New Zealand cannabis referendum coming in the next three years

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Yesterday, Jacinda Ardern beat the odds and became the youngest female leader in New Zealand's history at age 37. After spending a mere three months as leader of the opposition, New Zealand's Labour Party leader looks set to form a coalition with the New Zealand First party after no parties failed to secure a majority [...]

Maine Governor looking to start legal cannabis sales a bit later than originally expected

October 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative re-write of the voter-approved marijuana law. The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to consider a re-write offered by a legislative committee handling marijuana implementation. Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said he is sponsoring Gov. Paul LePage’s [...]

More major Nevada cities could see recreational cannabis sales this weekend

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Nevada has had a bit of a slow start with it's legal, recreational cannabis industry. Since voting to legalise and subsequently attempting to implement cannabis into it's major city, Las Vegas, Nevada has been riddled with a number of problems, even those such as being able to supply cannabis in line with it's demand. A [...]

The 24-year old entrepreneur who is launching a cannabis career site

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

By 2026, the marijuana industry could be worth $50 billion annually, and 24-year-old Karson Humiston wants to bridge the gap between workers interested in cannabis careers and companies looking to grow their business. Humiston is the founder of online career platform Vangsters, which provides a central location for cannabis employers to find potential employees. The platform is [...]

Even MP’s have joined the cannabis tea party protest outside Parliament

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

MPs and activists gathered outside Parliament for a “cannabis tea party” demanding the legalisation of the drug for medicinal purposes. Organised by the United Patients Alliance, a group that hopes to legalise the drug for those suffering from chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS), the Labour MPs Paul Flynn and Tonia Antoniazzi appeared alongside the [...]

NFL looks towards cannabis law reform

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The National Football League, still in political crosshairs over whether players should take a knee during the national anthem, is throwing its weight behind another cause in Washington’s debate over racial inequality: Criminal-justice reform. The NFL’s spokesman said on Monday that the league has decided to endorse a bipartisan bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for [...]

African Americans 8 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis posession

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult [...]

No plans for legalising cannabis growth in Jersey

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Senator Andrew Green was asked a series of questions about the legality of cannabis in a freedom of information request following the decision to reclassify cannabis-based medicinal products to treat certain conditions. No such products have yet been identified for reclassification. In its response to the request, Health stressed that the reclassification would not make [...]

Adults access to cannabis in Colorado has seen decline in opioid deaths

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of monthly opioid-related deaths [...]

Fortuna City Council move forward with plans for cannabis

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

During a joint meeting Monday evening, the Fortuna City Council and Planning Commission met to hash out the city’s proposed rules governing cannabis in the Friendly City. “Most communities, most cities in the state are wrapping up development of their ordinances now,” city manager Mark Wheetley said. “We’re trying to wrap all this up prior [...]

Federal Court sees battle over intellectual property in the cannabis industry

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A number of cannabis businesses have pursued federal intellectual property protection for their cannabis-related innovations, such as U.S. patents that protect novel cannabis plant varieties, growing methods, extraction methods, etc. Enforcement of such federal IP rights requires that the IP owner file suit in federal court asserting those rights against another cannabis company. However, given [...]

California growers suffering from financial woes and other stresses

October 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.” The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino [...]

Progress on cannabis sales proposal in Moreno Valley

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Moreno Valley is moving forward with a proposal that would allow recreational and medical cannabis sales along with other related activities. At the end of a Tuesday, Oct. 10, study session, City Council members asked officials from the Inland Empire city to bring them an ordinance that would allow for the sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing [...]

Colorado cannabis revenue tops $1 billion in merely 8 months

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Legal marijuana is a bona fide billion-dollar industry in Colorado. And it’s hitting the mark faster than ever. In 2017, Colorado eclipsed $1 billion in marijuana sales in eight months; in 2016, it took 10 months. Colorado’s marijuana retailers logged upward of $1.02 billion in collective medical and recreational sales through August, according to The Cannabist’s [...]

Jeff Sessions may be closer to bud blackout than you think

October 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

he 85 words almost seemed an afterthought when Congress hurriedly crammed them into a massive budget bill late in the Obama administration, as if lawmakers wanted to acknowledge America’s outlook on marijuana had changed, but not make a big deal of it. Almost three years later, a multibillion-dollar industry and the freedom of millions to [...]

Los Angeles cannabusinesses live in fear of reg shutdown

October 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Like countless Californians in the last few years, Roberta Koz Wilson and her brother Jeff saw the coming revolution in cannabis and decided they wanted a piece of it. Or in their case, a bite. Using a recipe perfected by their mother, they created Dr. Norm’s Cookie Co., a Los Angeles-based edible cannabis company named [...]

Jeff Sessions is borderline ‘obsessed’ with marijuana claims Eric Holder

October 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place,” in regards to potential changes in current policy held [...]

LA to look at blocking appeals against cannabis licenses

October 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Los Angeles might restrict who can lodge appeals when marijuana businesses get city licenses, blocking challenges from people who do not live, work or own property nearby. The controversial idea was tucked into draft rules that would lay the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest marijuana markets in the [...]

What’s going on with cannabis in Louisiana?

October 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

After passing a law two years ago which allows for eligible patients to be able to access cannabis freely and legally, Louisiana still seems to be stalling and perhaps even faltering on these acts. This begs the question, what exactly is Louisiana doing with it's cannabis industry? No purses or briefcases allowed. Only transparent trash [...]

Massachusetts marijuana industry fears ‘Colorado money’ cannabis

October 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Every time he sees the cannabis cultivation and processing facility in southeastern Massachusetts, Peter Bernard says it makes his “New England blood boil.” Bernard, president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, told state regulators on Monday that’s because the 1 million square foot facility is being funded by “Colorado money,” and he fears local residents [...]

Kevin Sabet clashes with Colorado at anti-cannabis event

October 9th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Marijuana has become a religion led by the false prophet money, the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) told a symposium at Colorado Christian University. Kevin Sabet, the leader of SAM, a nonprofit group opposed to marijuana legalization, was the keynote speaker Friday at the school’s inaugural symposium, “Marijuana’s True Impact on Colorado.” Colorado [...]

Those with past pot convictions may struggle getting a job in the cannabis industry

October 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The seeds have begun to sprout for the cannabis industry (pun intended) as we are now starting to see states begin to reap the rewards from legalisation. Cannabis has provided a significant boost in income for states such as Colorado, California and, more recently, Nevada. Whether this be from the full extent of the tax [...]

How will legal cannabis in Canada work?

October 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Canada has been deliberating on cannabis reform for quite a while now, with Justin Trudeau speaking fondly of the substance and often discussing his plans for reform publicly. But as with any places looking to implement cannabis, it can't simply be an idea or ideal, it has to be put into practice properly so it [...]

Alaska votes no on municipal cannabis bans

October 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There has been a back and forth argument in Alaska, since it's cannabis reform, which has had some people calling for prohibition in terms of who/what/when and where cannabis can be sold and consumed. Finally, this all came to a head in a vote, and the results have been pretty favourable. Voters in Fairbanks and [...]

DFA begins to reply to medical cannabis applications

October 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The state Department of Finance & Administration’s legal team is notifying nearly 100 companies who applied to win one of the eight highly sought-after pot-growing greenhouse licenses to let them know if their proposals have cleared the state’s first hurdle. “Our legal team has made it through the 98 cultivation applications and notified applicants on [...]

Atlanta to decriminalise cannabis

October 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The decriminalisation train rolls on, this time it is the southern city, Atlanta, Georgia who has chosen to make possession of cannabis no longer a criminal offence. Today, Atlanta City Council voted to pass Ordinance 1700-1152, decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses. This measure amends the local law so that the possession of up to one ounce of [...]

How will Maine spend it’s cannabis tax revenue?

October 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis tax revenue is becoming a major way to entice states towards reform. Taxation is the major way that states generate income with which to enhance other areas, meaning that another consumer product which can be massively taxed will likely provide huge benefits. Las Vegas has proved the amount of tax one can generate from [...]

The state of cannabis in Britain

September 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis in Britain gets very little media coverage unless it is negative, with little substance, we only hear reports of police raids and disasters which somehow get linked back to marijuana. Every so often a politician or two raises the issue in parliament to which it is swiftly dismissed and put down by the majority [...]

Nevada garners huge cannabis tax revenue

September 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

State tax officials say the first month of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada brought in more than $3.5 million in tax revenue. Nevada Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein (KLAPP’-steen) told The Associated Press Thursday they are “good numbers” consistent with projections marijuana sales will generate $120 million in state taxes over the next [...]

Colleges are introducing harsh cannabis policies

September 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There will be many colleges based in states where cannabis is now legal, yet the stigma of cannabis making you 'lazy' still subsides. But should students of legal age not have as much right to cannabis as everyone else?  What’s a medical marijuana card-holding college student to do when they are required to live in [...]

Washington State’s updated legalised cannabis findings

September 25th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Washington has had access to legalised cannabis for some time now, being one of the first major states with some sort of cannabis reform, kicking the door down and setting a precedent for other states to follow. Since then, there has been numerous major instances of cannabis being legalised across the country. However, it is [...]

What led to Trudeau’s decision to legalize cannabis?

September 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

When Trudeau announced his decision to legalize marijuana in Canada (set to take effect in 2018), Trump-fearing Americans vowed to seek refuge with our Northern neighbors. So what brought Trudeau to his decision to repeal prohibition? You know what they say: behind every great man there’s even greater, weed-loving woman. In November of 2012, two NORML Canada board members, [...]

Sessions reaffirms his harsh marijuana stance

September 21st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If we needed any confirmation that Jeff Sessions is an antagonist to cannabis industry insiders or consumers then look no further. Since even his boss (POTUS Donald Trump) spoke publicly about his disapproval of the Attorney General, Sessions has showed no signs of changing his ways, even going so far as to threaten and attempt [...]

The American Legion ramps up campaign for further research into cannabis as medicine

September 21st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

American's veterans are national treasures, however, their needs constantly go unnoticed by the government. One in particular, the right to access medical cannabis for disorders such as PTSD which have arisen from their time in service, has been campaigned for and asked for now for a number of years, and it seems progress may be [...]

What’s going on with West Virginia’s cannabis program?

September 20th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

West Virginia has taken a rather positive stance on medical cannabis, following a bill which past in the last congressional session, now, however, comes the hard part. I am, of course, referring to the implementation and practical application of medical cannabis to be used by and be available to those in need and eligible.  Following the [...]

Marijuana reform is being adopted by Pennsylvania Democrats for their new policy

September 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It seems that cannabis reform is a hot topic these days, with politicians, businessmen and the populous of America as a whole offering their opinions and insights into the industry. From here, it seems only logical that political parties would alter their manifestos to acclimatise to this new way of thinking, adopting policies which account [...]

Does the future of the cannabis industry lie in pot-infused commodities?

September 20th, 2017|Legalisation|

Cannabis infused food has been a budding area of the industry for some time now, Vice even has a series based around it aptly titled Bong Appetit, however, this would probably be classed more as a luxury than a commodity as there are very few cannabis-infused foods which are available commercially as packaged consumer goods, it [...]

Weed bans may be implemented in Massachusetts towns after voting

September 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It was only a couple of weeks ago that cannabis in Massachusetts was on the up and up, with it's popularity seemingly growing across the whole state. That may not be the case, however, as it turns out, some of the smaller areas of the state, the towns, are now taking their turn to have [...]

Louisiana cannabis patients may get access by the middle of next year

September 19th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis is cropping up everywhere now, naturally, the implementation of cannabis into local economies can be a time-consuming process. Bearing this in mind, it is great to see states taking the right precautions and showing the correct attitude. Which is what Louisiana appears to be doing with it's forthcoming cannabis program, fresh off medical cannabis [...]

What’s changing in New Hampshire’s cannabis laws?

September 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Northeastern state of New Hampshire may be one of the smallest in terms of both size and population, however, it's political importance, being the first stop in the series of primary elections leading to the presidential election, make it one of influence. This means that when New Hampshire reforms it's drug laws, the rest [...]

Orrin Hatch backed MEDS Act seeks to relax laws on cannabis research

September 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis research should be allowed to take place, not only that, but it should be encouraged. This is not simply from a 'pro-cannabis' perspective but simply from a medical and general perspective, as we have already seen the benefits CBD can have in a number of areas s it really just makes sense for scientists [...]

The negative impact of Michigan dispensary closures

September 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If you haven't heard, Michigan is upending, changing, it's cannabis laws so as to implement new measures, taxes and regulations. While this may seem like a positive step which makes the industry more stable, it does provide a few, short-term, problems. Michigan is giving medical marijuana businesses until Dec. 15 to close or potentially risk [...]

Meet the former NFL player who doesn’t go anywhere without his CBD patch pain reliever

September 11th, 2017|CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A number of athletes and the like have been vying for the opportunity to use CBD and cannabis-related products to help in the healing process for their strained muscles and bones. There has been much deliberation and discussion from governing bodies of multiple sports pertaining to whether athletes should be allowed to use CBD related [...]

Federal protections for medical cannabis expected to hold up until at least December

September 11th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

Knowing there are measures and protections being taken to protect the medical marijuana industry from the the hand of the federal law puts you somewhat at ease. In recent weeks, new fears have arisen over the prospect of these protections being lifted, removed or avoided by feds so they can get at cannabis easier. However, [...]

Wisconsin may take measures to end cannabis prohibition

September 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It seems like more and more states are looking towards the future and the end of prohibition. While there are still some states who favour the old and outdated formula of full prohibition, the majority of states in favour of cannabis is beginning to trend more towards the positive. Wisconsin, like many other states, is [...]

Vermont looking into more cannabis studies

September 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Many states, when legalisation becomes a possibility for cannabis, rush into it with very little in the way of structure or methods of keeping the system and industry functioning well. This deters many from cannabis legalisation, a sentiment shown recently by head of Massachusetts marijuana commission, Steven Hoffman. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has established a [...]

First ever medical marijuana permit for Texas

September 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Texas is the biggest state in the USA and is, generally, a conservative stronghold which means that while there has been a level of cannabis reform, laws are still somewhat strict. However, this has not stopped businesses applying for licenses, and it looks like at least one has finally succeeded. Texas has issued its first [...]

Chief Massachusetts marijuana regulator explains his ‘no’ vote on legalization

September 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Steve Hoffman, a former business executive, was recently announced as the chairman for the marijuana committee in Massachusetts ahead of the state's impending legalisation and introduction of recreational cannabis onto the market. However, there are some questions concerning his earlier support, or lack thereof, of earlier attempts to legalize cannabis. The state’s top marijuana regulator [...]

Amendments looking to protect cannabis blocked by House Rules Committee

September 7th, 2017|Legalisation|

With federal intervention in the cannabis industry seemingly imminent, it seems now would be the time to attempt to limit what can and what can't be interfered with and what rules cannot be enforced on states who would otherwise oppose this. To this end, it seems only proper that an amendment should be passed to [...]

An amendment aiming to end federal interference in the cannabis industry

September 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Federal interference with the cannabis industry is an ever-looming fear, an omnipresent reminder that federal law is final. With the selection of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General by POTUS Donald Trump, the threat of a federal crackdown has become all the more immediate given Sessions' anti-cannabis stance. There has been a scramble by state representatives to [...]

Banking amendments for the cannabis industry are on the horizon

September 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Banking, or the lack thereof, has been a hindrance for the cannabis industry essentially from the get-go, since drug reform became a widespread thing allowing for a diverse array of cannabusinesses. Essentially the banks have been straying away from the marijuana industry, in many cases refusing to hold accounts for businesses looking to get a [...]

DOJ investigating Colorado cannabusinesses by using IRS as cover

September 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis in Colorado is legal, therefore business conducted within the jurisdiction of the cannabis industry are as legal as any other registered business in America. Yet, the Department of Justice still insists on carrying out investigations and maintaining their suspicions of these dealings, these investigations carried out under the guise of completely different, routine procedure [...]

British cancer sufferer to appear in court for growing potentially lifesaving cannabis

September 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis is still very much illegal in the United Kingdom, yet there is the question of whether or not law enforcement is really all that bothered about weed, particularly pertaining to smaller, more personal quantities. This makes it all the stranger when incidents like the one I am about to discuss occur, in this case, [...]

Cannabis ad appears in airline’s in-flight magazine for the first time ever

September 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis is now bigger than ever, a spate of state legalisations means that there are now more independent cannabusinesses cropping up in a multitude of different fields, from dispensaries selling and prescribing cannabis, to the more technical production of vape, bongs and the like, the cannabis industry is blowing up right now. Yet one dispensary [...]

If this law is passed, feds will be unable to interfere with state hemp laws

September 4th, 2017|Legalisation|

One of the worst fears for those working in the cannabis industry in any way, in this case hemp, within states where the substance is legal is the looming threat of a federal crackdown brought about by the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. However, this worry may not be such for long in the case of [...]

Former cannabis czar says there are lessons to be learned from Colorado’s legalization

September 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Admittedly Colorado's cannabis roll-out was less than perfect, however, it was a resounding success in the long run despite teething problems which occur naturally when implementing new laws and regulations on a wide-level. Still there are lessons to be learned from every failure. If he had to do it all over again, Colorado’s former marijuana [...]

Anti-cannabis group call on Jeff Sessions for systematic end to the marijuana industry

August 31st, 2017|Legalisation|

Jeff Sessions has been a thorn in the side for the cannabis industry since before he actually became the Attorney General. Since becoming the AG he has continued to interfere with, posture and threaten the cannabis industry with talks of federal intervention. Thus far, many of the countries lawmakers and governors have argued against his [...]

American Automobile Association refuses to stop it’s misinformed war on cannabis

August 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The American Automobile Association is, naturally, a pretty respected authority on all things to do with road-based vehicles, however, this is no excuse for their botched information concerning cannabis. It does mean that this use of misinformation could become somewhat detrimental to the cannabis industry as a whole, helping to reinforce the negative stigma surrounding [...]

American Legion backs wider access to medical marijuana for veterans

August 30th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

The argument of whether all military veterans should be allowed access to medical cannabis always seemed somewhat trivial, in short: how is it even up for debate? It seems a real no-brainer, given that veterans are a minority in terms of the American populous, it seems like something that could be easily controlled and regulated [...]

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